Nanny Victoria Fox sentenced to prison for baby’s murder
A 40-year-old nanny who admittedly ate lunch after fatally shaking a newborn and throwing it into her care in late August 2021 will face the next 25 years to the rest of her life in prison on first-degree murder charges.
The horrific case revealed that Victoria Frances Fox was flown to San Diego, California, by the 4-week-old victim’s Singaporean parents to help watch their son at an AirBnB while the couple awaited the surrogate birth of twins. When the surrogate went into labor, Phoenix’s parents left the baby in Fox’s care at the AirBnB. Although the couple had also hired a second nanny to look after the baby, Fox managed to commit the fatal abuse while alone with the victim upstairs in the rental. The accused then admittedly returned downstairs to have lunch with the other nanny as if nothing had happened.
Records from the Superior Court of California show that the case against Fox was filed on August 24, 2021 and prosecuted by the San Diego County Attorney’s Office. As Fox’s guilty plea to first-degree murder shows, the defendant alone is responsible for the deadly blunt force trauma inflicted on the defenseless newborn. Shockingly, this abuse happened when Fox was alone with the baby for the first time.
According to NBC San DiegoFox apologized in court through her attorney and said she was “deeply sorry” for her actions.
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The victim’s parents reportedly said they checked Fox’s background and spent days with the suspect before the assassination. Then, while awaiting the birth of twins, the parents found out that their “child prodigy”‘s life had been stolen. The victim died within a day of the fatal abuse, which included head trauma, a femoral fracture and “extreme subdural hemorrhage,” Assistant District Attorney Ramona McCarthy said in a comment to NBC San Diego.
The parents reportedly later learned that Fox had made up a reference calling her a “stellar” nanny.
In a heartbreaking statement thanking authorities for their work on the case, Phoenix’s parents reportedly told the NBC affiliate that they think of their son daily and hope Fox’s punishment means no other family will suffer as they do. Prosecutors read the statement in court on behalf of the parents, as the couple failed to appear for the sentencing hearing, This is reported by the city news service.
California Law says that “[e]Any person guilty of first-degree murder shall be punished by the death penalty, to life in state prison without the possibility of parole, or to 25 years in state prison to the end of life.” Given the long-standing state moratorium Because of the death penalty and the defendant’s guilty plea, Fox received a life sentence of 25 years.
Prison records reviewed by Law&Crime show Fox is being held at the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility in Santee following her sentencing to state prison on Tuesday.
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